Each year between June and November the coastal town of Hervey Bay, located on the mainland directly opposite Fraser Island, comes alive with visitors travelling all over the world to experience a very unique and special event.
Over 10,000 humpback whales travel through the bay as part of their annual migration to the Great Barrier Reef where they give birth and mate in the warmer waters. Afterwards they repeat the journey, returning to the cold Antarctic with their newborn calves where there is a rich supply of food. On the way back, many of the pods take time to relax in Platypus Bay. This is one of the best spots for whale watching, with the whales playfully chasing each other close to the surface, providing some once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities!
Outside of whale watching season, Hervey Bay is a relaxed and friendly coastal town with a wide variety of leisure and sporting activities on offer. Make the most of the calm, sheltered waters and go kayaking, yachting or wind surfing. Or simply soak up the atmosphere at one of the cafes or restaurants along the seaside.